LEEDS FESTIVAL – DECISION ANNOUNCED

It's D-day for organisers as they find out whether they have a licence for the 2004 event...

LEEDS FESTIVAL has secured a licence for 2004, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

Last year’s event was moved from its original home at Temple Newsam to Bramham Park, just outside the city.

A spokesperson for the festival has told NME.COM that this afternoon in Leeds the licence had been granted for the event, which is scheduled to take place over August Bank Holiday weekend, August 27-29.

Speaking exclusively to NME.COM, organiser Melvin Benn said: “I’m delighted. After last year’s turbulent time in advance of the festival, to be so far ahead is just great news. It’s fantastic news. I think what it means for the festival is that from day one this year the kids can be buying their tickets in the absolute certainty that this is a festival going ahead. My feeling is that an awful lot of the people at Bramham Park last year will want to be there again this year. It’s beautiful. The vibe of the festival is fantastic and the line up this year is going to be extraordinary.”

At the old site in Temple Newsam the festival ended amid violent scenes. 2002 was particularly bad, with toilets burnt down, resulting in the conviction of a number of festival goers for their part in the violence.

However, last year’s event at Bramham Park was declared a success after crime fell significantly in the new location.

White Stripes have already confirmed their appearance at this year’s festival.